Jordan Clark made his maiden First Class appearance in 2015 and he was a consistent performer in all forms of the game. He took wickets and contributed with the bat as well, hitting his first half century this summer.
Clark is a hard hitting batsman, a seam bowler, although not with the pace of Flintoff in his pomp, and he certainly has the ability to put bums on seats.
There are two examples which highlight the latter point best.
In 2013, Clark became the first English professional cricketer to achieve the feat of hitting six sixes in an over when he did it during a Second XI Roses clash at Scarborough. His victim was left-arm spinner Gurman Randhawa, who was regularly planted over the mid-wicket fence at North Marine Road.
And, secondly, in 2014, he took 4-22 in the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final win against Glamorgan at Emirates Old Trafford, including a triple wicket maiden, to turn the tie on its head when the Welshmen were cruising to their target of 138 at 100-3 at the start of the 16th over.
A product of Sedbergh School, now 24-year-old Clark was only the second player from Cumbria to be invited onto Lancashire’s Academy (in 2008). His progress led to a first team one-day debut in 2010 followed by an extended run in the Twenty20 side and further appearances in 40-over cricket the following season.
It helped him gain a first-team spot for the start of the first-team 40-over competition. In the third match of the campaign, he smashed 72 in a losing cause away at Durham, although that was the high point of his campaign.
Like 2012, he was also integral to Lancashire’s Second XI Trophy winning campaign, hitting 60 in the final against Nottinghamshire in September. He also hit 43 in the rain-affected final of the Second XI Championship as the Red Rose shared the title with Middlesex.
Clark was a regular in Lancashire’s limited overs sides during 2014, with the four-for against Glamorgan his standout performance. It led to some calling for him to be drafted into the Championship team, although that is yet to happen.